1989 Calon-Segur, St-Estèphe

SKU #950857 Jancis Robinson

 Mid-crimson with a slightly orange rim. The nose is much fresher than that of the 1990 and there is more acidity on the palate. For the moment this is less fun to drink than the exotic 1990 but it will certainly last longer and there is more to it. The tannins are still a little sandy but this wine seems much less obviously ripe than the 1990. (JR)  (12/2001)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This property has turned in a very good effort in 1989. It possesses a deep ruby/garnet color, a sweet, chewy, dense texture, full body, plenty of alcohol, and moderately high tannin. Quite precocious, it will have a life span of at least 15 years. It reminded me of a downsized version of the 1982, but slightly more rustic. (RP, Bordeaux Book)  (1/1998)

K&L Notes

Neal Martin found more to like in 2008, marking the wine 94 points: "This is just a shade deeper in colour than the 1990 Calon-Segur. The nose has a little more freshness than the 1990 but is half the fun. A little pointed, earthy and minerally, sous-bois, tree bark – but not as expansive as the 1990. The palate is medium-bodied with good acidity and like the nose, rather sharp and taking time to soften, with a slight dried citrus edge in the background. Touches of mulberry and leather inflecting the earthy black fruits, nice sense of tension with a savoury/tobacco accent that will marry it beautifully will cuisine. It has an enticing off-dry finish that leaves you eagerly awaiting the next drop. Judging against the ’90 in 2008, I think this will outlast it. Drink now-2025. Tasted November 2008." (Wine Journal, eRobertParker.com, 1/2009)

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.